What YOU can do

Seven Simple Steps towards a healthy James River

Do you want to help us protect and restore the health of the James River? Here are seven simple steps you can take to improve water quality in your river.

  1. Join
  2. Prevent pollution at home
  3. Let your voice be heard
  4. Volunteer
  5. Introduce someone to the James
  6. Keep your eyes and ears on the river
  7. Keep our river clean

Scroll below to learn how you can get started on these seven steps.


Become a member

Join the James River Association and strengthen the voice of the James. Become a member of our organization and show your commitment to a cleaner, healthier James River.

Prevent pollution at home

Pollution from stormwater runoff is the #1 health threat to our waterways. Every time it rains, pollution washes off your property and flows towards the James River. Reduce your runoff by installing a rain barrel or rain garden. Plant native trees and plants to stop erosion and create habitat for wildlife.


Let your elected officials know protecting the James should be a priority.

Join our Action Network to find out how to contact your elected officials and let them know that water quality is important to you.

Volunteer for the environment

We are always looking for volunteers to do everything from picking up trash, to water quality monitoring, to habitat restoration, to advocating on the river’s behalf. Volunteering your time not only helps the river but also demonstrates your commitment to clean water.


Introduce someone to the James and teach them about being a good steward.

The more people enjoy the river, the more they will care about its health. We offer river outings and education trips through our Community Conservation and Education programs.

Help be eyes and ears on the river

If you see a problem such as a fish kill or dumping, email info@jrava.org the James RIVERKEEPER® will investigate it further. If you want to regularly patrol your own section of river, join our RiverRats program.


Keep our river clean.

Are you tired of seeing trash in our streams, creeks, rivers, streets, alleyways, and parks?